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Daemon
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Sunflowers

The sunflower is a plant native to the New World and common throughout the US. Its stem can grow up to 10 ft (3 m) tall, and its flower head, commonly having yellow rays, can reach 1 ft (30 cm) in diameter. The sunflower was domesticated around 1000 BCE in the Americas, where the Incas venerated it as an image of their sun god, and it reached Europe in the 16th century. It is valued today for its oil-bearing seeds that can be made into bread. The sunflower is the state flower of what US state? More...
NeuroticHellFem
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Daemon wrote:
Sunflowers
The sunflower is a plant native to the New World and common throughout the US. Its stem can grow up to 10 ft (3 m) tall, and its flower head, commonly having yellow rays, can reach 1 ft (30 cm) in diameter. The sunflower was domesticated around 1000 BCE in the Americas, where the Incas venerated it as an image of their sun god, and it reached Europe in the 16th century. It is valued today for its oil-bearing seeds that can be made into bread. The sunflower is the state flower of what US state?

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The sunflower is the state flower of the US state of Kansas, and one of the city flowers of Kitakyūshū, Japan ... The sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine.

Australian state & national flora & fauna are all natives. How curious that Ukraine, Kansas & Kitakyūshū have a Mexican native as their floral emblem, yet Mexico chose a different native floral emblem, the dahlia.
Eh?


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monamagda
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The plant we know as the sunflower is nature’s dramatic copy of the flaming sun, a flamboyant giant of the Americas where the sun and sunflowers alike were in abundant supply.

An agricultural nation sunflowers represented pure gold to the Incas and sunflowers made of gold were carried by the virgins who officiated at the rituals of their temples of the sun. Its rich oil bearing seeds were only one of its many golden attractions.

Fibre and petals could be put to use and once exploration had opened up the Americas Europeans soon learned of its virtues.

During the 17th century, an age where virtue was admired above all else, it was the perfect flower to be imported and became an attribute of Louis XIV the Sun King himself.

Uncovering the past has meant facing up to the painful memories, especially those when Spanish Conquistadors plundered the land and melted down much Inca gold to make Spanish coins.

When the Spaniards first visited Peru they found the sunflower as much the national flower of the Incas as it today is the State flower of Kansas. The Incas gave it a deeper reverence because of its resemblance to the radiant sun. In their temples the priestesses wore sunflowers on their bosoms, carried them in lieu of tapers, and otherwise used them in their services. The Spanish invaders found many images of sunflowers wrought with exquisite workmanship in pure virgin gold. These wonderful images, among many others, helped to excite the cupidity of the conquistadors and thus to bring about the downfall of the Incas.
In North America there are about 40 known species of sunflower. South America has about 20 species that do not exist North American.

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striker
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in spain last summer i walk for dates thru. sunflower plants
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They follow the sun.
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